Breaking News: Malaysia Airlines Aircraft Shot Down; Crashed in Ukraine

The crash of a Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 reportedly happened in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

A Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has reportedly crashed in Ukraine after been shot down — possibly by a missile.

There were supposedly 280 passengers and 15 flight crew members aboard the aircraft when the transponder signal was lost 50 nautical miles northwest of Donetsk. There are no reports of any survivors at this time.

An investigation has reportedly been immediately launched pertaining to this incident.

Graphic photographs of what are supposed to be the bodies of the victims are currently being circulated all over the Internet. I refuse to post them here out of respect for the deceased.

I attempted to access the official Internet web site of Malaysia Airlines for additional information — as well as for an official statement — and this is the message which I received:

Due to overwhelming traffic, you are viewing the lite version of our website for quicker access. Our online flight booking is available as usual.

For urgent assistance, please contact our 24-hour call centre.

Within Malaysia
1 300 88 3000

Outside Malaysia
+603 7843 3000 (call charges may apply)

This incident comes only months after the March 8, 2014 disappearance of a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — carrying 227 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand en route. The complete details of what caused that crash are still unknown at this time; and no survivors had been found.

However — unlike that incident, which occurred over deep water — we should know more about what exactly happened with the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in the coming days…

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